I’m With The Band
Jeff Pike

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

Acts 4:13

 

Have you ever felt out of place?  Ever felt like you were out of your depth, like you didn’t belong?
I believe the greatest example of this in my own life was starting a Church.

Trying to start something from nothing; gathering people from all walks of life.  Unifying a group of people under a single vision, pastorally caring for people, searching for venues in a large city, financially getting established, meeting with people, having people walk away from you and the feeling of abandonment.
All the while having a conflict of thoughts going back and forth within me…”What are you doing? No, I know God called me to this!  But it doesn’t seem to be working out.  No, I know He is faithful.”…  Can you relate yet?

In Acts 4 I believe Peter and John would have no doubt felt this feeling to an extreme.  Note how it said they were “uneducated” & “untrained” men.  That is a strange thing to say because that was untrue.  They were educated and trained…in fishing.
So what do they truly mean by that statement?

They mean uneducated in the way of God. Scriptures, disciplines they were not trained, and in their eyes ill equipped to do what they were doing.  Have you ever felt that?  Have you ever felt ill equipped to do what God has put in your hand?  You feel out of your depth because you didn’t go to Bible College, or you don’t have a theology degree, or you’ve never preached, you’re not a Pastor.  The list can go on…

But, the key is in the next line:

“And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”  

The title of this blog is “I’m with the Band” because it paints a picture.
Most people know that saying and most likely have used it in some form of joke.  It says nothing about the person.  You are not the Band. It implies that who you are associated with gives you that importance.

Peter and John knowingly have not a whole lot to offer within themselves.  No great title to their name, no award or accolades, but who they had been with was great.

You see you may not feel great, and that may be true.  But the one you’re associated with: Jesus, is.
So next time you feel out of your depth, under qualified you remember that it’s not you who is great, and it’s not you that will change anything.
It’s Jesus, and His grace is sufficient over your life.

Make sure when people talk about you, even though they might not understand you, there’s no denying that you’ve been with Jesus.  He’s all over you.  The way you talk, the way you love people and the way you lead.
That’s who you’re associated with.  Remember, all authority has been given to the one you’re associated with.  At His name every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord.  His name is Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!